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Peggy Lee Centennial Year commemorated with new music releases, tributes, concerts and exhibits throughout 2020

Photo: Courtesy of the Capitol/UMe
Photo: Courtesy of the Capitol/UMe

The Peggy Lee Estate today announced ‘Peggy Lee 100’, a centennial celebration honouring one of the 20th century’s most important musical influences in the world of Jazz and Popular music.

Throughout 2020, the 100th anniversary of Peggy Lee’s birth—May 26, 1920—will be commemorated around the globe with music releases, notable exhibitions, special events, programming and a host of tributes and concerts, including a just-announced Hollywood Bowl tribute concert on August 5, “Miss Peggy Lee at 100 with The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra.”

Born Norma Deloris Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota, she was christened Peggy Lee in 1937 by a local North Dakota deejay. A 13-time GRAMMY® Award-nominee, Peggy Lee helped redefine the female singer with her captivating voice, which continues to resonate with audiences of all ages. Her compositions and recordings, including ‘It’s A Good Day’, ‘I Don’t Know Enough About You’ and ‘I Love Being Here With You’, can be heard today in countless television shows and feature films.

Best known for such songs as ‘Is That All There Is?’, ‘Fever’, ‘Why Don’t You Do Right’, and ‘I’m A Woman’, which made her a Jazz and Pop legend, she recorded over 50 albums and amassed over 100 chart entries. She won the GRAMMY® for Best Contemporary Vocal Performance for her 1969 hit ‘Is That All There Is?’ In 1995, she received the GRAMMY’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Coined “the female Frank Sinatra” by Tony Bennett, Lee did something few of her male counterparts ever attempted: she wrote songs. As one of the foremothers of the singer-songwriter school, Lee ranks among the most successful female singer-songwriters in the annals of American popular music. Over her remarkable seven-decade career, singer, songwriter and composer Peggy Lee wrote over 200 songs and recorded over 1,100 masters.

Her vast and varied catalogue of songs has been covered by Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Natalie Cole, Bing Crosby, Doris Day, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Diana Krall, Queen Latifah, Barry Manilow, Bette Midler, Janelle Monae, Nina Simone, Regina Spektor and Sarah Vaughan.


Ultimate Peggy Lee [CD; Digital; 2LP Vinyl]
1. I Love Being Here With You
2. Fever
3. Things Are Swingin’
4. I Don’t Know Enough About You
5. I’m A Woman
6. Just In Time
7. Hallelujah, I Love Him So
8. Sweet Happy Life
9. Alright, Okay, You Win
10. Too Close For Comfort
11. Why Don’t You Do Right (Get Me Some Money Too)
12. It’s A Good Day
13. You Deserve
14. Heart
15. Big Spender
16. He’s A Tramp
17. I Wanna Be Around
18. Black Coffee
19. I’ve Got The World On A String
20. The Folks Who Live On The Hill
21. Is That All There Is?
22. Try A Little Tenderness*
*Previously Unreleased


Written by Richardine Bartee

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